Architects are usually influenced by buildings they have seen in magazines and books as well as places they have visited. A good one will take the ideas and create something that suits the needs of the client. The architect’s influences are expressed in a very subtle manner.
Architect David Luck’s house on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is clad in black steel and has a black interior. The architect is said to be inspired by Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, which was designed in 1931. It is a white modern house with manicured lawns.
While there doesn’t seem to be any similarity between Luck’s house and Villa Savoye, the architect said that Le Corbusier had the car in mind when he designed the Villa Savoye. The turning circle for the car is seen in structure’s undercroft.
The house in Red Hill is inspired by the foot traffic. Its carport goes to the boardwalk and to the internal ramp that will take the person to the various levels of the house. Each of the platforms provides a different special experience, just like the levels inside the Villa Savoye.
Le Corbusier utilized long windows to frame the views. Luck said that he used the windows to cover all angles of the landscape. He said that he has visited the Villa Savoye three times. He added that the more you visit it, the more you get to appreciate the complexity of the house in connection to the landscape.
Le Corbusier was influenced by the Katsura Imperial Villa in Japan. Most of the Australian architects who visited the Katsura in the late 1950s were also influenced by the structure. Stephen Guthrie is one of the architects today that still makes references to the Katsura. He recently designed a house in Maleny that centers on a courtyard. The living room, dining, and kitchen areas all surround the courtyard.